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VOLUME 70 | December 7, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
If you were to attend a Woodlawn Hills neighborhood meeting or ask their residents how their neighborhood could be improved, you might hear them talk about wanting more green space in a neighborhood without access to nearby park. They might express their desire to have a safe place for their kids to play games like tag and hide-and-go-seek. They may even share with you their vision for a place to come together as a community—for barbeques and birthday parties, for holiday socials and play dates for their kids.

District 7 is lucky to be home to beautiful, expansive parks like O.P. Schnabel and Woodlawn Lake. Yet gaps exist. For some residents, the closest park is a pocket park across the highway without playground equipment. This is true today for the residents of Woodlawn Hills. But not for long.

Last week, we took one step closer to making the community’s vision a reality. On Thursday, my colleagues and I approved the purchase of the land at 224 West Quill so that the City can develop it into a park. It’s been a long time in the works.

It isn’t every day that our district adds a new community space where residents can strengthen their bonds with their neighbors. I’m grateful to everyone who has made this development possible and to the residents of Woodlawn Hills, who have demonstrated patience and persistence throughout the process.

Once we’ve finalized the purchase of the land, we’ll hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and begin conducting public input meetings so residents can share their vision for the future park. In the meantime, my team will be working to realize the visions other neighborhoods have shared with us.
Yours in public service,
Office note: In observance of the holidays, the District 7 Office will be closed from December 20 to January 3.
Celebrate the Holidays with Councilwoman Sandoval!
This year, our office will host two holiday celebrations: one at Woodlawn Lake Park and the other at the Maverick Library and Nani Falcone Park.

In advance of the celebrations, we'll be collecting toys at our office for the Blue Santa Toy Drive. Drop donations of new toys at 4414 Centerview Drive, Suite 160, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 13

Island House at Woodlawn Lake Park

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

We'll light and decorate the tree, enjoy refreshments,
and more!
December 18

Meet at Nani Falcone Park; we'll walk to Maverick Library

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

We'll decorate the tree, enjoy refreshments,
and more!
The Week in Photos
Chag Sameach! In honor of Hannukah, the Gan Gani Preschool presented City Council with paintings of dreidels and sets of chocolate coins.
The District 7 Team had a great time at the Donaldson Terrace Holiday Celebration. There was plenty of food to go around (including Councilwoman Sandoval's mom's famous champurrado!).
The District 7 Team had a great time visiting the Braun Station East Mini Christmas Village this past weekend! We’re grateful that District 7 is home to a neighborhood with such a strong community spirit.
Ask Ana Anything
One of the ways Councilwoman Sandoval wants to give you the answers you need about city government is through "Ask Ana Anything", a recurring part of the weekly District 7 newsletter. Have a question for Ana? Email it to district7@sanantonio.gov with the subject "Ask Ana Anything".
Hi Ana,

I think I’ve been scammed. My fiancé and I were supposed to have our wedding at the Andreia Hall & Event Center. We paid the owner and then he cancelled the wedding. We never received our refund. What can I do?

Thanks,
Frustrated Bride
Dear Frustrated,

First, I am sorry to hear the scam reports and the special events that have been affected by poor service. It must be incredibly frustrating and painful to plan something special for a loved one only to be left out in the cold.

My office and I have been made aware of the scam reports and we are working with the San Antonio Police Department to ensure that they do whatever they can so the victims receive justice. Currently, there are two detectives working on the case. If you have been scammed by this or another business and have not filed a report with SAPD, please consider doing so.

Here are additional other things you can do:

  • Call SAPD and file a report. You can call the detectives working with on this case directly at 210-207-7633.
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) 844-222-4968 at and report the scam.
  • Contact the local Attorney General’s office at 210-224-1007.
  • If the dispute involves money, contact the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov
  • If the payments were made on a credit card, contact your credit card company to dispute the charges

I also want to commend the other event centers that have stepped up to offer their services for free to victims of the scam. San Antonio truly is a compassionate and giving city. Despite the actions of one, there remain 1.4 million people who testify to this fact.
Sincerely,

Ana
Connect with Your Councilmember
Blue Santa Toy Donations Sought
Until December 19, the District 7 Field Team will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for San Antonio Police Department's annual Blue Santa Toy Drive. The District 7 Field Office is open from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 4414 Centeview Dr., Suite 160. We will also collect toy donations at our upcoming Holiday Tree Gatherings.

Blue Santa benefits underserved children in San Antonio by providing them with new toys during the holiday season.
District 7 in the News
"'It's pretty rare that this kind of opportunity comes forward' to directly fund homelessness with tourist dollars, she said. HOT revenue comes with strict spending guidelines from state statute – supporting nonprofits or initiatives that tackle homelessness is not a legal use of those funds. '[But] it's a very valid point that our timing was not ideal,' Sandoval said."

"Ana Sandoval, concejal del Distrito 7, explica que la justicia está a la búsqueda del presunto responsable de este fraude y pidió disculpas a las familias afectadas."

Neighbor of the Week:
Tamie Robbins
This week’s neighbor Tamie Robbins resides in the Crossing at Quail Creek and loves its location. Her family enjoys the mix of suburban lifestyle, parks (especially Nani Falcone), and closeness to the freeways. Tamie is a very busy lady juggling being a mom and wife with working on a pre-law degree in criminal justice--although she says going to school when you have kids makes you more motivated. When she has time, her passions include nonfiction writing, spoken word poetry, and jewelry making. In fact, Tamie designed all the jewelry for her wedding party and her bouquet which was made of broaches in a floral motif. 
 
Tamie describes herself as being verbose and focused—good words for someone who sees herself in ten years as a practicing attorney who helps others through community work. Her sense of altruism is also reflected in her advice: Regardless of your neighborhood, your ethnicity, your station in life—be kind; it can make a difference and costs nothing. We are very pleased to have such a wonderful neighbor!
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Announcements
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Project Linus
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Friday, December 7
11:00 a.m.

Join Project Linus and create hand-made blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children. Please bring some supplies for your blanket project.
The Acabellas Sing!
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Saturday, December 8
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Acabellas, the all female singing group, from Trinity University will be here to sing your Holiday favorites.
December 13: Handbell Choir Concert
Handbell Choir Concert
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Thursday, December 13
4:30 p.m.

Join the Forest Hills Library for this concert by the Handbell Choir from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. They will be performing holiday favorites.

A handbell choir rings bells of recognizable music with melodies and harmony. A handbell choir or ensemble acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes, sounding his or her assigned bells whenever those notes appear in the music. 
December 15-22: Merry Fitmas in the Park
Join the Parks Dept. for fun, festive, fitness classes, all for a good cause.
Saturday, December 15
Kick-off event
Woodlawn Lake Gym
10:00 a.m.
219 Alexander Ave.
Saturday, December 22
Finale Celebration
Lady Bird Johnson Park
10:00 a.m.
10100 Nacogdoches Road
Workouts led by Body Architecture Personal Training and Fitness with healthy snacks, raffle prizes, giveaways, and more!

Workouts at locations throughout San Antonio. For schedule information, visit www.saparksandrec.com.

Encouraged donation of an unwrapped at any fitness event to be given to the Children's Shelter.
December 17: Star Party with the SA Astronomical Association
Join the SA Astronomical Association and Forest Hills Library on Monday, December 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Star Party.

Be there for an evening of star gazing and looking at Mars, Saturn, and Orion.

The SA Astronomical Association bring their telescopes and expertise to Forest Hills for a premium Star Party.

Telescopes will set up on White Tail Dr on the sidewalk leading up to Villarreal Elementary.

The program will be rescheduled if it is cloudy or rainy.
December 22: San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble Concert
SA Youth Wind Ensemble Concert
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Thursday, December 22
2:30 p.m.

Join the Forest Hills Library for this concert by the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble performing holiday favorites.

The San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble (SAYWE) was founded as the premier honor wind ensemble for youth in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. Its purposes are to provide a positive musical experience for advanced musicians and to supplement music education programs in the public and private schools in the region.
Upcoming Events
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: December 8
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Hillcrest Neighborhood Association Meeting & Holiday Party
Date: December 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Baskin Elementary (630 Crestview)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Jefferson Neighborhood Association Meeting
Date: December 10
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church (758 Donaldson Ave)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
State Representative Justin Rodriguez's Holiday Party
Date: December 11
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Leon Valley Community Center (6427 Evers Road)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
University Park Neighborhood Association Meeting
Date: December 11
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Mary's University (1 Camino Santa Maria)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
French Creek Village Neighborhood Association Meeting
Date: December 11
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: French Creek Village Pool (9210 John Barrett Dr)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Braun Station West Neighborhood Association Meeting
Date: December 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse (8630 Tezel Road)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
District 7 Office hosts Holiday Celebration at Woodlawn Lake
Date: December 13
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park Island House (1103 Cincinnati Ave)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
District 7 Office hosts Holiday Celebration at Nani Falcone Park
Date: December 22
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
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